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Unread 08-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Tie rods/sleeves and ball joints

Need some help. My mechanic has quoted the following. I know its cheaper to do this myself but looking for any color on whether this is a fair price

2000 Grand Cherokee

4 Tie Rods
2 Tie Rod sleeves 400.00

2 Lower Ball joints 400.00

Or suggestion for a shop in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area

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Unread 08-08-2014, 11:36 AM   #2
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>4 Tie Rods
>2 Tie Rod sleeves 400.00

If that's with labor it's a good deal. That's if he uses the better Moog parts and not DriveWorks or other cheap parts that will fail in a couple years.

I just did the above work on my brothers 2000 WJ. Two years ago we replaced two outer tie rod ends using DriveWorks parts. They failed in about a year and half. This time I used all Moog parts and the build is better than the DriveWorks. Moog parts will be in the $300 range... DriveWorks will be about $200 range or less. You can find discount codes for Advance Auto that will make it a lot less.

>2 Lower Ball joints 400.00

It's labor intensive and why not do the top ball joints while you are at it... not sure price wise maybe someone can answer.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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The ball joint price seems a little high, but the tie rod ends and sleeves for $400 seems okay if the parts are well made. Don't forget to add the price of an alignment afterwards.


*Edit - Just saw the price of the parts online, $400 better include an alignment.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 01:29 PM   #4
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I disagree that tie rods and sleeves for $400 is a good price. At that price you could have JKS replacements. That's about $150 in parts (Moog) and the remainder in labor. It's an easy job.

HOWEVER. If that price includes an alignment it is decent.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:42 PM   #5
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I disagree that tie rods and sleeves for $400 is a good price. At that price you could have JKS replacements. That's about $150 in parts (Moog) and the remainder in labor. It's an easy job.

HOWEVER. If that price includes an alignment it is decent.
Are requiring Moog parts imperative? It would be great to find somebody here Minneapolis from the boards.
Any ideas suggestions?

I did PM a few people and received a response but that shop wanted 1200 for 4 tie rods and sleaves + 2 ball joints (included an alignment)

My guy will do it for 800.00 (which still seems high)
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Unread 08-08-2014, 03:59 PM   #6
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Are requiring Moog parts imperative?...
As mentioned my brother and I replaced his tie rod ends about 2 years ago with DriveWorks tie rod ends. A year and half later and 12,000 miles they were shot and the majority of the driving was highway on the Garden State Parkway, that is maintain very well.

No way in heck am I gonna use DriveWorks parts on his or my Jeep.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 04:53 PM   #7
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Do it yourself for 150-200 bucks. It's an easy job
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Unread 08-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #8
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TREs you can easily do yourself with a professional alignment for about $250. I'd leave the ball joints to the pros. On the other hand a good mechanic would know you need to replace both BJs. Side to side is fine but on the same knuckle both should be done.
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Unread 08-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #9
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TREs you can easily do yourself with a professional alignment for about $250. I'd leave the ball joints to the pros. On the other hand a good mechanic would know you need to replace both BJs. Side to side is fine but on the same knuckle both should be done.

Talked to my mechanic again.......Said he would do the 4 tie rods + 4 sleeves + 2 lower ball joints using Moog parts for 700.00

Still too high of a price?
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Unread 08-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #10
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It's a really easy job. Would hate to see you waste money on something you could knock out on a Sunday afternoon
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Unread 08-09-2014, 08:03 PM   #11
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Holy poo. That seems really, really expensive to me. Go to RockAuto and order the parts yourself. You should be able to do the TRE's (then take it for an alignment), but I'd leave the ball joints to a shop. You should also replace all four ball joints. Won't add much labour wise, and they're not that expensive.
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Unread 08-10-2014, 04:04 AM   #12
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If you can do It your self you could save a lot of money, I did this myself a few months ago.Easy? maybe for some,but being my first time It was pretty rough. If you can afford to pay to have It done I would go that route. Unless you want to turn your on wrenches,which I have come to enjoy.
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Yeah... I wouldn't say it's easy... it's a grind at times struggling getting the TRE off the threads with a pipe wrench. So much easier to get a set of sleeves and pop out the old and put in the new.
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What is our thought of putting our own ball joints on?
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What is our thought of putting our own ball joints on?
PITA!!!!! Enough said.
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